Sunday, 11 February 2018

Interesting Faces Journal Page

 Dina Wakley Interesting Faces Journal Page by Nikki Acton
In my attempt to add more colour to my work I have been drawn to Dina Wakley's style - although I am yet to manage to leave some white space!
Dina Wakley Interesting Faces Journal Page by Nikki Acton
On this journal page I used new Dina Wakley stamps - Interesting Faces. Lots of layers of paint, some book page hearts and Dina's new Collage Words too. I used PaperArtsy Fresco Acrylics, scribble sticks and black and white journal pens.
Dina Wakley Interesting Faces Journal Page by Nikki Acton

Dina Wakley Interesting Faces Journal Page by Nikki Acton
Joining in the following challenges:
Love is in the air - Simon Says Stamp
That's Crafty - I Heart You
Frilly and Funkie - All you need is Love

Nikki
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Wednesday, 7 February 2018

New PaperArtsy / Seth Apter paints and quirky Hot Picks

Hi everyone. Today I am over at PaperArtsy with a rather quirky creation using an oldish Hot Picks stamp set and the new paints from Seth Apter / PaperArtsy. 
Nikki
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Monday, 5 February 2018

Make a Wish - black, white and a little sparkle

Frantage Embossed Stardust die on crackled black and white tag
Hi everyone. Today I am sharing this tag at A Vintage Journey. It is the first Monday of the month so we start our monthly Destination Inspiration posts.
Do head on over to see what my travel bag consisted off and how I used it!
Nikki
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Friday, 2 February 2018

New Sara Naumann stamps - Craft Stamper Take it Make it

New Sara Naumann PaperArtsy stamps - by Nikki Acton
Hello! Today see's the start of the February Take It Make It challenge on the Craft Stamper blog.
The sponsor this month is Darkroom Door.

For my inspiration piece I decided to use the new Sara Naumann stamps (PaperArtsy) released a week or so ago. I was lucky to receive these early for the launch - and made quite a few designs for the release.
New Sara Naumann PaperArtsy stamps - by Nikki Acton
You can see my post at PaperArtsy - 28th January - or on my blog here.
New Sara Naumann PaperArtsy stamps - by Nikki Acton
I used a mix of blue and green PaperArtsy Fresco paints, some stencils and the heart and words from ESN23 (below).
PaperArtsy Sara Naumann ESN23

New Sara Naumann PaperArtsy stamps - by Nikki Acton

I am back on Monday with the first Destination Inspiration post for February at A Vintage Journey - it is a lot darker than this one - but maybe one of the few darker pieces I do this year as I have decided it is the year of COLOUR!

Nikki
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Embossed canvas

Embossed layers canvas by Nikki Acton
Hello everyone! A new challenge starts today at A Vintage Journey and we are 'Melting It'!
Julia is out host and says...
Get out the UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel), beeswax, encaustic wax, embossing powders or good old wax crayons and a heat tool and get melting to create something in a vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journalling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk style!

I took this 4 inch (previously used) canvas and applied some Grunge Paste to cover the previous contents and also to provide some texture. I applied various Dina Wakley paints to make my background and then added versamark and embossed with clear powder.
I repeated this and while the second layer was still warm sprinkled some purple and sparkly red embossing powder too. I didn't realise my purple wasn't really purple but went with it and continued adding embossed layers until I was happy with the result!
The edges and base star are embossed with Frantage (Aged Black).
Embossed layers canvas by Nikki Acton
Never easy to capture these effects on camera but hopefully you can some of the layers here!
Nikki
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Sunday, 28 January 2018

PaperArtsy - New stamps by Sara Naumann

It's that time of year when we see lots of new releases - so exciting to see all the new designs and products on the market.
I am over at PaperArtsy tonight with some samples I made for the new release by Sara Naumann - 3 stamp set and 3 stencils. 
 Lots of photos of my samples on the PaperArtsy blog and also a link to Sara's own designs earlier this evening.
Nikki
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Friday, 5 January 2018

One stamp - 2 colours

Tim Holtz Flourish stamp and Distress  Oxides and Inks - Nikki Acton
Hello!
I am very pleased to be joining the Craft Stamper Take it Make it challenge Design Team for 2018! Our January challenge launches today and as usual it is Anything Goes with Stamping.

I decided to have a play with Distress Oxides / Inks and one of Tim Holtz's large background stamps. I am planning on using more colour in 2018 so I went quite bright - just using Wilted Violet and Twisted Citron.
I made a few panels to start off - varying how I inked the background and whether I inked or stamped first - just to get some subtle variations. Lots left over after the 2 cards I have made so far!
Tim Holtz Flourish stamp and Distress  Oxides and Inks - Nikki Acton
For one I added an Alison Bomber quote:
Tim Holtz Flourish stamp and Distress  Oxides and Inks - Nikki Acton
And the other a birthday sentiment - as I need a card early January!
Tim Holtz Flourish stamp and Distress  Oxides and Inks - Nikki Acton
Thanks for stopping by - see you soon
Nikki 
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